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(Lloyd’s, October 26th, 1884.) O
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gg, DR. SAMUEL RABBATH, Medical Oüïcer of the Royal
Free Hospital, died on October 20th, 1884, from diph­ .
Eli theria contracted under the following circumstances.
Dr. Rabbath had been Senior Resident Medical
Officer for about six months, having been previously
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ai at King’s College Hospital. On the 11th, a child T
aged four, the son of a baker, who was an in­patient,
suffering from diphtheria, became so ill that tracheotomy `
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E; out, but the obstruction in the throat could not be
moved without suction of the tube which had been passed l
into the windpipe. The doctor, knowing the terrible ä
ia risk he ran, at once volunteered to suck the tube, tem-
ifï porarily relieving the patient, who, however, afterwards
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Dr. Rabbath some days later was attacked by diph­ p
Ki theria, and expired on October 20th, after a brief illness.
', He was onl in his twent -ei hth ear, and became °
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M.B. and M.R.C.S. in 1882.
ll " Had the child lived, for whom thy life was spent,
lg We think we had not grudged the bitter cost,
But both have died, and some will say, in vain, ·
ii Thy calm, heroic spirit has been lost. ë
" And yet, perchance, beyond the veil of sense,
At our poor folly, angels may have smiled,
ii Seeing a young man enter perfect life, ‘
gz And in his arms, a little living child."
‘ C.C.L.f’in the Spectator. ‘
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